Denise DeLuca | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Denise DeLuca

Portrait of Denise DeLuca


Adjunct Faculty
MSCE, Montana State University, LEED-AP
BS, University of Wisconsin
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Denise DeLuca is the former director and current adjunct faculty of MCAD’s Sustainable Design program. She was co-founder of BCI: Biomimicry Creative for Innovation, a network of creative professional change agents driving ecological thinking for radical transformation. DeLuca is author of the book Re-Aligning with Nature: Ecological Thinking for Radical Transformation, which was illustrated by MA alum Stephanie Koehler. She also teaches with the Amani Institute. She also teaches with the Amani Institute. Her newest venture is Wild Hazel, where she guides individuals who want to re-align with nature and live from their natural paradigm.

DeLuca’s previous roles include Education Director for the International Living Future Institute, Project Manager for Swedish Biomimetics 3000, and Outreach Director for The Biomimicry Institute.  Denise is a licensed civil engineer (PE) and holds a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering with a focus on modeling landscape-scale surface and groundwater interactions.  In addition, Denise is a Biomimicry Fellow and a member of the Advisory Council of The Biomimicry InstituteBoard Member of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), on the editorial board of the Journal of Bionic Engineering, and an Expert with Katerva. Denise is based in Oregon.